L. Alan Winters

University of Sussex and CEPR, UK, the Global Development Network (GDN), India, and IZA, Germany

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IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Professor of Economics, University of Sussex, and CEO of the Migrating Out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium, UK

Research interest

Trade, migration, and development

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Director, Development Research Group, The World Bank (2004–2007); Chief Economist, Department for International Development, (DfID) London, UK (2008–2011)

Past positions

Professor of Economics, University of Sussex, UK (1999–); Birmingham (1990–1994); Bangor (1986–1990)


PhD, University of Cambridge, 1978

Selected publications

  • “Seperability and the specification of foreign trade functions.” Journal of International Economics 17 (1984): 239–263.

  • “How regional blocs affect excluded countries: The price effects of MERCOSUR.” American Economic Review 92:4 (2002): 889–904.

  • “Trade liberalisation and economic performance: An overview.” Economic Journal 114:493 (2004): F4–F21.

  • “Trade liberalisation and poverty: The evidence so far.” Journal of Economic Literature XLII (2004): 72–115 (with A. McKay and N. McCulloch).

  • Regional Integration and Development. Oxford University Press for World Bank, 2003 (with M. Schiff). Translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.